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Touring Popular Bathroom Tile Materials

You’re finally getting the chance to redesign your bathroom, and you’re confronted with a multitude of tile choices. Don’t shirk away from the information, embrace it! There are many different choices—travertine, porcelain, and glass tiles to name a few—but they each have their own merits and beauty to consider.

Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles travertine tile palo alto

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are some of the most common bathroom tiles. These tiles are easily made in almost any color or shape you can imagine, so versatility is a big plus. Maintenance is pretty easy, as well. Both ceramic and porcelain tiles may require a protective glaze, but they will resist scratching.

Travertine Tiles

Travertine is a very diverse form of limestone. Depending on the look you hope to achieve, the veining in the stone can be accentuated or muted. It’s typically used in flooring and shower walls, with a variety of sizes and shapes available.

Inlaid Stone

With inlaid stone, you would most likely combine it with another tiling material. Inlaid stone mosaics are most commonly used as a decorative addition to bathroom tiling. Since inlaid stone is decorative, it can come in most colors and patterns for more options. Often, if you see intricate stone medallions in an entryway or bathroom tile, it was created with inlaid stone.

Glass Tiles

Glass tiles aren’t as common to see, but they are quickly becoming very popular in bathrooms and other areas of the house. Typically, glass tiles are strong and resistant to wear and tear. Also, there is even more variety with glass tiles. You can create a design on your shower walls, or install your entire floor with glass tiles. No matter your choice of bathroom tile, double check that the material is rated for floor use.

When you’re looking for bathroom tile in Palo Alto, you know who to call. Tile Fantastic has everything you’ll need during your bathroom construction or remodel. Give us a call at (408) 371-6247.

Spotlight on Slate Tile

slate tile san joseSlate is one of the most versatile tiling materials. It can be used almost anywhere in the home, as well as outside on your patio or walkway. Slate can also be tumbled, same as marble and limestone, to create a rustic feel and non-slip flooring.

When you’re deciding what floor tile to use, slate tiling is great to create a varied and beautiful pattern. As slate is compiled of various rock layers, you never know what you’re going to get. If you want to create a colorful kitchen backsplash to match your textured slate floor, you have a variety of options. If you want to impress guests with a beautiful outdoor pathway, you won’t go wrong with slate tiling. Just be sure to have a proper sealant applied to your slate flooring; slate is a naturally porous stone that could suffer staining without a sealant.

Tile Fantastic has a variety of tiling materials for you to choose from. When you’re looking for slate tile in Los Altos, browse our website or call us at (408) 371-6247.

Looking Back at the History of Marble

Marble is one of the most sought-after materials for countertops and floorings. Its beautiful, metamorphic quality—meaning it looks the way it does due to heat and pressure causing physical or chemical changes—calls to mind the days of ancient sculptures and monuments. Here’s a look at the history of this prolific rock:

Marble Sculptures

marble countertop san jose

Marble sculptures have been carved since the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. When you read about a famous sculpture in your history book, often it was carved from marble. David by Michelangelo and the Nike of Samothrace believed to have been sculpted by Pythokritos are both famous representations of marble sculptures. Typically, white marble was used for sculptures because of its softness, but there are many other representations of veined marble and various other colors.

Marble in Ancient Construction

The Ancient Greeks loved to use marble in their construction. The Temple of Artemis and Parthenon were both constructed with huge marble columns and walls. The Parthenon still stands today, thousands of years after it was built. Romans would line their brick and mortar buildings with marble slabs to create a beautiful façade. They believed marble from Greece was the most beautiful and highest quality of any marble they quarried.

Marble in Modern Construction

Marble isn’t used often to construct modern buildings; it’s not as cost-effective or as strong as other materials. It is still considered one of the more beautiful building materials, though, so it’s use is not entirely unheard of. Modern buildings, such as the Oslo Opera House have taken a page out of the Ancient Romans’ book. The façade of the impressive monument is covered in white marble.

Though marble isn’t used as much in building construction, it is common to see as a kitchen or bathroom backsplash or countertop.

At Tile Fantastic, we believe in options. Our tile store has many different materials to choose from. Whether you want limestone or marble in San Jose, we have it for you. Call (408) 371-6247 to learn more.

Examining the Advantages of Floor Tile

Are you looking to install a new type of flooring in your home? Floor tile is an excellent option for a number of reasons. Whether you ultimately decide to go with travertine, limestone, or a different type of tile, you will love your tile flooring, and you will quickly see why so many homeowners have turned to tile floors in the past. Check out some of the advantages of floor tile below.

Tile flooring is very easy to maintain. 	Contemporary Porcelain Tile san jose

Many homeowners choose to install tile flooring in parts of their homes that receive a lot of foot traffic. This is because floor tile is very easy to maintain. By sweeping and mopping your floors once every week or so, you can leave them looking clean. You won’t have to worry about allergens building up on them like you would need to do with carpeting, and tile flooring is very durable so you won’t need to worry about it cracking or chipping, either. Once it is installed, you won’t have to do much work at all to keep it looking like new.

Tile flooring will last you for a long time.

While carpeting and laminate floors will need to be replaced fairly often, travertine, limestone, and other types of tile flooring will last you for decades. As long as you do some basic maintenance on them and clean the grout in between your tiles on a regular basis, your tile floors will likely last you for as long as you own your home.

Tile flooring will increase the value of your home.

Not all flooring will increase your home’s value. For example, if you install linoleum or cheap laminate, it won’t do the trick. However, floor tile will increase the value of your home, and it will be well worth the investment you make in it.

Tile Fantastic carries a large selection of floor tiles near San Jose as well as other types of tile for your home, including bathroom and kitchen tile. Call us at (408) 371-6247 to see what we have to offer.

Transitioning Between Carpet and Tile

Transitioning from a room that has carpet into a room that has tile isn’t as difficult as you might think. Regardless of whether you have travertine, limestone, or another type of tile floor, you can make the transition seamless and separate your carpeting from your tile flooring without installing something that you will trip over every time you move between the two rooms.

Watch this video to see how to blend your travertine or limestone tile into the space that exists between your carpeting and tile. By installing something as simple as a seam binder, you won’t have to worry about that transition distracting people from getting a glimpse at your beautiful floor tiles.

Do you need help transitioning between carpet and tile flooring near Mountain View? Call Tile Fantastic at (408) 371-6247 for all of your tiling needs.

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